Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012 and helping the children


KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.


This video has been showing up all over the Internet the last few days.  It comes from Invisible Children. Please take the time to watch it.  It is truly sad what is happening in Central Africa.  The more I read about the plight of children all around the world, the more my heart aches for children like these.  My husband asked me recently why I have such a heart for orphans.  I had to think about it.  Yes, it is scriptural and as a Catholic, the daily mass readings have reminded me over the recent weeks that we are to answer the orphan's plea. But it is more than that.  I think it is because I am a mom.  And, as a mom, I know my heart would break if my children were in same situation as the children in the above video.  And as in the 147 million orphans around the world.

And, naturally, I think, what can I do?  These children are half a world away.  I am a busy mom to 3 boys whom I homeschool.  What can I do?  There are many moms that have answered that call already.  And I am amazed at all that women just like me who have heard the cry of the orphans and have responded. Some have adopted.  Some have gone on mission trips.  Others run for the cause.  And many start organizations to help the orphans. To feed the orphans.  To visit the orphans.

I know I have mentioned one of these before, but I just have to share again the organizations that have my heart right now:

1. 147 Million Oprhans.  They raise money for adoptive families.  They organize mission trips to feed orphans.  And, it was all started by two busy moms.

2. Team Orphans. This is charity running.  Running and racing to raise money for orphans or families that are adopting.

2. Visiting Orphans.  I heard about this group through one of the adoption agencies we were looking at.  They organize mission trips to touch the lives of the orphans in 11 different countries.  They are an AMAZING group trying to do their part to answer the call to take care of the orphans.  If you do not feel called to a mission trip, you can donate or buy a cute t-shirt to support the cause!

 Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves clean!

Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow.
                               Isaiah 1:10, 16

  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
                                                                                                             James 1:27

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